Their population is growing and researchers at UNH are going to find out why.

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As a proud Oyster River alum, this is good news to me as our mascot is the Bobcat.

A new research project at UNH is trying to get to the bottom of the story.

New Hampshire’s bobcat population has rebounded since the wildcat was protected from hunting in 1989. UNH researchers estimate there are as many as 1,400 bobcats in the state

The rebound in population is in spite of increased development and human activities in their natural habitats and decreases in the availability of their prey including hares and rabbits.

Specifically, researchers want to examine how changes in land use such as increased development and human activities have affected bobcats in northern New England.

Learn more about NH Bobcats here.